sweatproof summer makeup routine

A Gen Z’s Guide To A Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup Routine

Remember: Always start with skincare.

When the sun’s on overdrive and humidity’s cranking up the heat, a tiny tweak in our makeup routine can work wonders, lasting from dawn ’till dusk.

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We start our day with a fresh face, hoping our makeup will withstand whatever life throws our way. But as the summer sun cranks up the heat, things can start feeling a tad tricky. Well, when the heat can’t cramp our lifestyle, it definitely shouldn’t mess with our season’s look.

That’s why sweat-proof makeup comes in so handy during the summer—or any time we’re dealing with excess sunshine, heat, and humidity. Lucky for you, a little switch in makeup application and product roster can stretch the lifespan of makeup, ensuring it slays from sunrise to sunset.

Start with Skincare

Starting your makeup routine with proper skincare is crucial, especially during the scorching summer days. Simplify your routine by following the cleanser-toner-moisturizer method, particularly when the temperature rises.

Begin by cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser to eliminate dirt and excess oil. Next, use a toner to remove any lingering traces of impurities from your pores, ensuring a clean canvas for makeup application. Finally, finish off with a lightweight moisturizer tailored to your skin type to create a smooth and hydrated base. And remember, never skip SPF 50+++ to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Primer Power

Applying a primer is a crucial step in your summer makeup routine. Not only does it help control oil and minimize shine, but it also creates a smooth base for your makeup to adhere to. This is especially important in hot weather as it helps your makeup stay put throughout the day.

However, remember not to rub in your primer, as this can lead to patchiness and clogged pores. Instead, gently tap it into your skin, similar to how you apply your moisturizer, for a seamless and long-lasting makeup application.

Foundation & Concealer

When it’s time to go lighter, swap out your foundations for skin tints packed with SPF—double-duty and lighter feels, plus sun protection. For concealer, just dot it where needed to avoid that cakey look by noon.

Regardless, choose lightweight, long-wearing formulas that are oil-free and water-resistant. Apply them with a damp makeup sponge for a natural, dewy finish that provides maximum coverage without clogging pores.

All About the Eyes

When it comes to eye makeup, the struggle is real—smudging, running, and just not staying where it’s supposed to. That’s why finding reliable water-resistant eyeliners and mascaras is a game-changer. However, it’s crucial to remember that what works for one person might not work for another, so be prepared for a bit of trial and error.

If you’re diving into the world of eyeshadows, don’t forget your eyeshadow primer. This little gem, not to be confused with your regular face primer, works wonders in keeping creases away and ensuring your eye makeup stays flawless all day long.

Color and Contours

When it comes to your summer routine, skip the powders and reach for cream formulas for blush, bronzer, and highlighter. Why? Well, they melt into your skin like butter, giving you that just stepped off the beach glow without additional powder products sitting on top of your skin. Stains and tints last longer too!

Lock in Lippies

Who doesn’t love a lip combo that’s foolproof? But let’s face it, those matte ones can feel like a desert on your lips during summer’s scorching days. That’s why it’s time to shake things up—swap out those lipsticks for hydrating balms, nourishing oils, and glosses for a hydrated pout that’s ready to shine brighter than the sun.

If you can’t choose between the three, there are must-try formulas with SPF for added sun protection. Your lips will be thanking you with every smile!

Ready. Set. Press Powder.

Remember to set your cream products with a light dusting of powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, translucent, or tinted. But here’s the scoop: less is totally more in this scenario. While we’ve had fun with baking for those nighttime glam looks, summer days call for a lighter touch. So, always apply with a gentle hand and make sure to tap off the excess!

Setting Sprays are Non-Negotiable

When humidity becomes a challenge, setting spray becomes your next best friend—a simple spritz can lock in your look and provide a flawless finish. While there are a lot of formulas available for different finishes like dewy, matte, and radiant, consider choosing a multipurpose setting spray with beneficial ingredients for your skin. It’s a practical way to ensure your makeup stays put while also caring for your skin’s needs.

Extra On-The-Go Essentials

While we’ve relied on pressed powders for on-the-go fixes, it’s time to explore the wonders of blotting papers in controlling excess oil. While both seem promising initially, the more layers you add throughout the day, the trickier it becomes to manage.

Choosing blotting papers over constantly powdering your nose not only keeps the oil at bay but also saves you from looking like a cakey mess by lunchtime. It’s lightweight, fuss-free, and your ticket to a fresh face that lasts from sunup to sundown.

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